Lawncrest civic group votes on three proposed zoning changes

Members of the Lawncrest Community Association last week listened to a crime report from 2nd Police District Sgt. Matthew Lowe and three proposed zoning changes.

Neighbors rejected a proposal for a day care operator in a twin home at 6145 Bingham St. (at Devereaux Avenue) to increase the number of kids she cares for from six to 12. Just three people voted in favor of the plan. A Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing is set for Nov. 15.

In a unanimous show of hands, residents also opposed a plan to open a daycare for 12 kids at 5978 Reach St. (at Comly Street). By law, an individual can care for up to six kids in a home, but needs a special exception to care for 12. LCA member opposed the plan because of parking issues and the fact that it would be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A zoning hearing is scheduled for Nov. 29.

The LCA overwhelmingly approved a garage on a property at 510 E. Godfrey Ave., with provisos that the garage not be used for commercial, rental or residential use. A hearing will take place on Nov. 1.

In other news from the Oct. 18 meeting:

• Jim’s Automotive, 6300 Oxford Ave. (at Martins Mill Road), is for sale, and an interested buyer plans a seven store strip mall. One of the stores would be a Dunkin’ Donuts.

Officials from the auto repair business will be at next month’s meeting to discuss the sale and demolition.

• Crescentville United Methodist Church, 412 Sentner St., will host a flea market and bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

• Philadelphia Bible Fellowship, 6312–14 Rising Sun Ave., welcomes kids ages 3–12 to attend HarvestFest on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The evening will include snacks and games.

• The Philadelphia Protestant Home, 6500 Tabor Ave., will host a pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 8 to 11 a.m. in its social hall. Breakfast will be prepared by members of the Kiwanis Club of Phil-Mont. The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Proceeds benefit the PPH.

That same day and time, the PPH welcomes people to bring personal and confidential documents to be shredded.

Call 215–697–8000.

• There will be a cleanup on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the grove at Lawncrest Recreation Center, at Rising Sun Avenue and Comly Street. Volunteers are asked to bring rakes and gloves.

Also, there will be a Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11, at 8:30 a.m. at the grove.

• St. James United Methodist Church, 199 E. Tabor Road, will celebrate its 200th anniversary with a service on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 10 a.m.

• Lawncrest Community Association will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at St. William parish hall, Argyle and Robbins streets. ••